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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

June 8, 2015

The Tide Is Turning Against ALEC In The Renewable Energy Battle

By Samantha Page, Climate Progress  •    •  Posted 2015-06-08 05:16:38

But despite the time and money ALEC is pouring into fighting the transition to renewable energy, it seems that wind and solar have some powerful supporters, as well. Big businesses, including data services and clean energy developers, have paired with environmental advocates to stymie many of ALEC’s challenges. Last year, ALEC-affiliated legislators in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, and Ohio proposed rolling back state RPSs. New Mexico and New Hampshire saw efforts, as well. Only the efforts in Ohio were successful, while Kansas reached a different agreement this year. [ read more … ]

Norway Will Divest From Coal in Push Against Climate Change

By JOHN SCHWARTZ, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-06-08 05:17:52

Norway’s $890 billion government pension fund, considered the largest sovereign wealth fund in the world, will sell off many of its investments related to coal, making it the biggest institution yet to join a growing international movement to abandon at least some fossil fuel stocks. Parliament voted Friday to order the fund to shift its holdings out of billions of dollars of stock in companies whose businesses rely at least 30 percent on coal. A committee vote last week made Friday’s decision all but a formality; it will take effect next year. [ read more … ]

Donald Trump loses wind farm review bid

By BBC News  •    •  Posted 2015-06-08 05:18:40

Donald Trump has lost a fresh legal challenge over an offshore wind farm near his golf resort in Aberdeenshire. The American billionaire wanted a judicial review into his claim that Scottish ministers acted illegally by approving the 11-turbine scheme in Aberdeen Bay. A previous application by Mr Trump had been dismissed. [ read more … ]

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